Post Edited (Erik45) : 10/12/2008 10:16:43 PM (GMT-6)
I'm 50, Mom to 4 grown children, and many Grandchildren. I had symptoms from about 7years old and had 6 miscarrages that I now blame on the Crohn's. I was hospitalized in 1990 with Hydronephrosis, and told I had an unspecfied autoimmune disorder, after 9 days and 19 bags of various antibiotics. I displayed many different symptoms over the next 12years including hives, swelling of joints, a few GI symptoms(not many)but mostly depression (never experenced before 1995), memory loss,serious, fatigue, arthritic and muscle pain. I could not comprend what I read, after teaching myself to read at about 3 years old. In 1995 I resigned a high stress job that I dearly loved, because I felt to weak and venerable to perform my duties.In 2002 within 6 months after Sharon Osborne went public with her Colon Cancer on the reality show, one hospital where I live had 15,000 women between the age of 35-50 years old request Colon scopes, they were all self pay as insurance only covered the scopes for people over 50 at that time, and of those about a third were DX'd with Crohn's, Celiac, or UC. I just happened to chose a OB/GYN who was on staff there to do my female maintainance. She DX'd me on the spot, and sent me for a scope to confirm. It was the best thing to happen for me in a long time. I now work in the natural products industry, a good idea for me so I can afford the SCD diet I use for control.Sometimes it is stressful. I talk to people every day who have major illnesses, some the Doctors have given up on, but it must be my calling, when I get home I come here and do more of the same. I remember what it is like to have the Doctors shrug and say "we just don't know", and how wonderful it was to find a forum like this one where people knew what it was like to suffer before things presented well enough for the Doctors to piece it together and help me.
I'm 34 years old, suffered with symptoms since 1999, was officially diagnosed 2006 when a partial obstruction landed me in the hospital. I am working full time for an insurance company in Greece, and I am a mother of two girls aged 8 and 12. I guess my job keeps me balanced, I don't think I could sit home all day, that would make me really depressed.... although I believe I have a mild case of Crohns, 1-2 bm's in the good days, 5-6 bm's in the really bad days